Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Jolie Laide

Have you ever heard the term "Jolie laide"? It's a French expression that literally means "Pretty ugly" but is used to refer to something so ugly it is beautiful, like the babies of some animals for instance. And that's the look I was aiming for with this card.

Now, the problem with getting paper stacks is that there's always going to be something you don't like among the lovely papers. Somebody else must think it's gorgeous - otherwise it wouldn't be part of the stack in the first place - but personally you'd rather line the kitty litter tray with it than be forced to look at something you've created with it.

Well, that's how I feel about the paper I've used for this card. It reminds me of the wallpaper that was on the wall of our first house when we moved in - a room that always made me feel I was sitting in the middle of a downmarket 1970s Indian restaurant. Well, until we decorated, that is.

To break the pattern up a bit, I cut the square of paper in two with a curved diagonal and separated them with a little black peel off. The tag I used as a topper came in a RAK some time ago, and makes me smile because "Domestic Diva" is a term you could NEVER use to describe me!

The heart tattoo is a Kanban stamp, stamped onto snippets of grey, red and white card, with "Hello" stamped onto the white image, then the heart and banner cut out and layered on to the grey image.

I would like to share this with

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - U is for Ugly
Pixie's Snippets Playground - week 190


Donna said...

Oh my gosh!! That paper!!! When my parents first moved into their house the living room was papered in this design in a horrible blue colour and it was VELVET!!!!! I kick myself now for not saving some to use on cards lol
Fab jolie laide card! Thanks for coming back to the Sisterhood for our "u is for Ugly" challenge!!

Di said...

Oh Jane! Laughing here - first of all I zapped the spammer good and proper (that's the first one that's got through for what might be well over a year!) and then I came over to peek at your card. And am afraid I really giggled at the kitty litter tray observation :) And I sure do recall Indian restaurants with the dreaded flocked wallpaper in this design. Am sure that if you sniffed the walls you'd be overcome by the whiff of umpteen curries as am sure the smells would cling to the flock. And guess what, somewhere deep in a box of papers here I could sweat there's some flocked patterned paper - I think it's cream and brown. So tasteful :)

Good to have you back in the Playground!


Di xx

Di said...

I could swear, not sweaT!! Plus, I have to say that you made a pretty good silk purse outta the sows ear paper, so rude of me not to comment on your actual card. Truth be told I was off on a hunt for the flocked paper I mentioned :)


Di xx

Monika Reeck said...

Jane that paper
really love damask paper in red
so adorable
Love love love this much Jane
Adorable Heart and tag too

Chris Dring said...

I'm laughing at Di's responses! This card is all kinds of ugly paper awesomeness! And I think I may have some of that paper too! LOL! I had to giggle about your kitty litter tray crack! Thanks for joining us at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

Lindsey said...

In my house, it was in an olive green. :D You did an amazing job of turning this paper into a great card! Somehow it even manages to suit the design. ;) Thanks for joining the fun at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

Chelle (PhotoArt/MaybeCreative) said...

Great job. Thanks for joining our Ugly challenge at the Sisterhood.

Karen Schroeder said...

Many of my ugly Designer papers could have lined the kitty litter box too! Great card out of ugly "wallpaper"! Thanks for joining us at SoSS!